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Obituaries - May 15, 2013

Troy Peters

Troy Peters, 82, of Alma died Sunday, May 12, 2013, at his home. He was born Jan. 30, 1931, in Mountainburg to Manual and Ida Mae Peters. He was an avid sportsman and a master carpenter. He built everything from post offices, car washes, public schools, banks, federal housing projects and custom homes. When he was an employee of the City of Alma, his handiwork can be seen in the bridge, the playground equipment and the hiking trails in the Alma City Park. He could fix everything from a hairdryer to a weedeater. He was the most ingenious small engine repairman. He would lay in bed at night thinking about a problem and arise in the morning to fix it. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Peters.

He is survived by two daughters, Twana Alghojeh and husband Asghar of Oklahoma City and Joyce Baugh and husband Russell of Katy, Texas; four sons, Larry Peters and wife Peggy of Lavaca, Tony Peters and wife Athena of Alma, Van Peters and wife Nanette of Van Buren and Mikel Peters and wife Charla of Van Buren; 17 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Chapel in Van Buren with interment to follow at Cain Cemetery near Mountainburg under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be Tyler Peters, Jon Baugh, Jackie Peters, Richard Peters, Ronnie Peters and Frank Parker. Honorary pallbearers will be John, Cody, Shane, Nathan, and Kyle Peters, Jeff Hill, Sean Hill, Jackie Meadors and Adam Daniels.

The family will visit with friends from 6-8 p.m. today at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home, 4100 Alma Highway, Van Buren.

To place an online tribute go to www.edwardsvan-alma.com.

Joyce Scales

Joyce Bell Scales, 93, of Houston, formerly of the Catcher Community, died Friday, May 10, 2013. She was retired from the Van Buren office of Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Co., member of New Hope United Methodist Church at Oak Grove, 1938 graduate of Van Buren High School and widow of Sylvester “Sonny” Scales.

She is survived by a daughter, Jean Garrett of Houston; a son, John-Mark Scales of Fort Smith; two granddaughters and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was May 14 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Gill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were John Webster, Fred McClure, Perry Davis, Jim Garrett, John Watkins and Doug Daugherty.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Hope United Methodist Church, 1632 Sun Valley Lane, Van Buren, AR 72956.

James Walters

James L. Walters, 88, of Alma died Saturday, May 11, 2013, at a local hospital. He was a welder for Farmers Co-op in Van Buren, member of the VFW Post No. 1322 and Arkansas Retired Military Association in Fort Smith and awarded the Vietnam Campaign Medal W/60 and Vietnam Service Good Conduct Medal.

Funeral was May 14 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial with military honors was at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Gerda; two daughters, Barbara Waltman of Lake, Miss., and Alyssa Walters of Van Buren; a son, James Walters Jr. of Mesa, Ariz.; a sister, Willene Hughes of Van Buren; a brother, Billy Walters of Alma; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Jack Schreckhise

Jack L. Schreckhise, 81, of Van Buren died Sunday, May 12, 2013, at a local nursing home. He was a self-employed auto body repairman and of the Pentecostal faith.

No service is scheduled. Arrangements were under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

He is survived by two daughters, Kathy Fiddler of Kansas City, Mo., and Jackie Steel of Arcola, Mo.; a son, Buddy Schreckhise of Pleasanton, Kan.; two sisters, Elizabeth of Kansas City, Mo., and Lou Meadors of Alma; eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Eric Leckie Jr.

Eric Wayne Leckie Jr., infant son of Andrea and Eric Leckie Sr. of Mulberry, died Saturday, May 11, 2013, at a local hospital.

He also is is survived by maternal grandparents, Gary and Peggie Bright of Mulberry; paternal grandparents, Kenneth and Shelly Leckie of Fort Smith; maternal great-grandmother, Sue Bright of Mulberry; and paternal great-grandparents, David and Joan Leckie of Florida.

Cremation will be under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

John Riley

John Riley, 86, of Hurst, Texas, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013. He was born Jan. 9, 1927, in Azusa, Calif., and attended Mulberry schools where he was an all-state basketball player. He graduated from Mulberry High School in 1945, served in the occupation of Japan in World War II, attended Arkansas Tech University and University of Arkansas and retired from the Army Corps of Engineers.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma; two sons, Bob Riley of Fort Worth and Bill Riley of Hurst; a daughter, Ramona Middlebrooks of Bedford; two sisters, Nanette Gaylor of Tyler and Nadean Bell of Saginaw; and two grandsons.

Funeral was May 10 at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Chapel with burial at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville, Texas.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Hurst, Mission Central, 521 W. Pipeline Road, Hurst, TX 76053.

Jerry King

Jerry King, 67, died unexpectedly April 30, 2013, surrounded by family. Jerry was born in Fort Smith on July 14, 1945. He graduated with honors from Van Buren High School in 1963 before attending the University of Arkansas and graduating number one in the School of Business in 1967. Among his academic accolades he was most proud of his ability to call the Hogs. Jerry’s marketing career took the King family to Houston, Midland, Abilene and eventually led them to settle in Dallas where he and Rhonda lived for 24 years.

Jerry is survived by his mother, Berniece King; his wife, Rhonda; daughters, Mitzi King and Sabra Girard; son-in-law, Brian Girard and two granddaughters, Alexis and Morgan.

A memorial service was held Saturday, May 4, at Holy Covenant United Methodist Church in Carrollton, Texas.

Donations may be sent to Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, 1901 E. Peters Colony Road, Carrollton, TX, 75007.

Arnold Tudor

Arnold Burton Tudor, 82, of Van Buren died Monday, May 13, 2013, in Searcy. He was a superintendant for Acee Hiland Daur, member of Van Buren First Assembly of God and widow of Virginia Harrison Tudor.

He is survived by two daughters, Gloria Smith of Searcy and Nancy LaVassuer of Van Buren; and five grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Coby, Luke and Randy Smith, Robby and Brian LaVassuer and Adryan Piker.

Visitation will be 5-6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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